Wednesday Soulard Occupancy Permit Appeals: Lucas Schoolhouse & Steelyard

appeal1:30 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Room 208, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public
In Soulard, 7th Ward…
1020-22 Allen (previously Lucas School House concert/event venue), 7th Ward – Appeal #20273 & #20274 filed by d.b.a. Lucas Schoolhouse* from the determination of Building Commissioner to deny an occupancy permit authorizing
for 1020 Allen
+ Art Gallery
+ Office
+ Full Liquor
+ No Cooking, Food Prep Only
for 1022 Allen
+ Art Studio- sculpting & instruction
Zone: “D” – Multiple Family Dwelling District

The property has been owned by Soulard Properties Group (registered agent Harjot Padda) since 2010 according to Assessor records. Also owns adjacent historic St. Paul’s Friedens Church.

There’s no d.b.a. Lucas Schoolhouse in Secretary of State corporations database. There is a Lucas School House d.b.a. registration that expired in 2013. Lucas Schoolhouse LLC registered with Secretary of State over a year ago via SCW Registered Agent, which is Summers Compton Wells law firm.

2424 S. 9th, Steelyards luxury apartments  – Appeal filed by V E Design Group, to amend variance to increase total units from 127 to 128 total units

Tuesday Liquor License Hearings: Paddy O’s 3 am, Hotel @ Former Harry’s, Aldi’s

drinks9 am Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Excise Commission
Room 418, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

9 am Hearing
3865 Gravois, Tower Grove South, 15th Ward – Aldi Inc d.b.a. Aldi #57 – Michael Rosch, Manager
+ 22% Package
+ 22% Sunday Package

9:20 am & 9:40 Hearings
614-32 S 7th near Busch Stadium, Downtown, 7th Ward – Paddy O’s Partners LLC d.b.a. Paddy O’s – Donald Keener, Manager
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday
+ Sidewalk Cafe
+ Summer Garden
+ 3 am

10:20 am Hearing
2144 Market, previously Harry’s, Downtown West, 6th Ward – Equis Hotels LLC d.b.a Fairfield Inn & Suites  – Conor G. Pandl, Manager
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday
+ Summer Garden

Tuesday Liquor License Hearings: Mardi G’s in Soulard; City Museum Downtown

drinks9 am Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Room 418, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public
9:40 am Hearing
1026-28 Geyer @ Menard (previously Soulard Stable, Spooty’s, Sonny’s,…), Soulard, 7th Ward – Geyer Restaurant LLC d.b.a. Mardi Gs (Missouri Secretary of State database does not show a filing for that d.b.a.) – Robert Heyder, Manager 
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday
+ Summer Garden
10:20 am Hearing
701 N 15th (1510 Delmar), 4th Floor, Downtown, 5th Ward – Museum Holding LLC d.b.a. City Museum  – Richard W. Ewin, Manager
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday

Thursday Liquor License Hearing: Bogart’s in Soulard

drinks9:20 am Thursday, January 30, 2020
Excise Commission
Room 418, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

9:20 am Hearing
1627 S 9th @ Lafayette, Soulard, 7th Ward – Hogapalooza LLC dba Bogart’s Smokehouse  – Niki Puto, Manager
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday
+ Sidewalk Cafe

Monday Preservation Board Meeting: 1 Soulard & 2 Fox Park Appeals

lacledesepiaComments may be submitted up to an hour before each Board meeting and will be presented to the Board and entered in the meeting record. Email comments to Adona Buford, Preservation Board Secretary at

4 pm Monday, January 27, 2020
St. Louis City Preservation Board
Room 2000, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

Online City Calendar Notice (the link where it says Website is actually Agenda page)

Agenda with Details/Drawings/History of Structures

In Soulard, 7th Ward…

1017-19 Geyer (construct a single family house) was on Preliminary Agenda but not on Final Agenda.Also see pages 13-18 of Agenda from 7/30/2018 

1722-30 S. 9th, Llywelyn’s Pub – Appeal of the Director’s Denial to retain 2 garage doors installed without permit and not up to historic code – Staff Recommends upholding Director’s Denial

In Fox Park, 7th Ward…

2647 Shenandoah – Appeal of Director’s Denial to install 33 solar panels on roof – Staff Recommends upholding Director’s Denial

In Fox Park, 6th Ward...

2743 Gravois – Appeal of the Director’s Denial to Retain a Commercial Building Built Without a Permit – Staff Recommends upholding Director’s Denial

See Agenda for other items including 4 National Register Nominations.

Monday Soulard Property Tax Special District Meeting, Still Sunshine Issues


Soulard Special Business District is a special taxing district that funds security/safety services within part of Soulard via property tax collected in part of Soulard. Boundaries. 

Monday’s Soulard Special Business District meeting, like most before it, is in violation of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Executive Order #60 requiring meeting notices with agendas be posted 24 Hours in advance on City Calendar. The Executive Order applies to all offices, board, commissions subject to Missouri Sunshine Law. Special Tax Districts are required to post Notice AND Agenda at least 24 Business Hours in advance. For a 6:30 pm Monday Meeting, the Notice & Agenda must be posted online by 6:30 pm previous Friday. SSBD did not post the Notice on City Calendar but did not post Agenda.

I have looked for Meeting Agendas and Minutes on the District’s website and did not find anything until recently. There is now a page for Agendas and Minutes hidden under “Helpful Resources” tab. There is, however, no Agenda posted for Monday’s meeting.

The December 9th meeting had an Agenda posted to the District’s website notices the day of the meeting.  Previous post on Soulard Business District Transparency Issues.

Soulard Special Business District is not Soulard Restoration Group Safety CommitteeSoulard Restoration Group Safety Committee.

Soulard Special Business District is not the new Soulard Community Improvement District, which will fund improvements in part of Soulard via special sales tax collected in part of Soulard. Two of the Special Business District directors, however, are also Community Improvement District directors. Boundaries

Special Taxing Districts have received great criticism from State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

6:30-8 pm Monday, December 9, 2019
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice

Soulard Special Business District does not post budgets. It has a 2016 pie chart of expense categories showing percentages.


That’s not a budget. This is Soulard Special Business District’s 2018 Budget approved by Board of Aldermen. Note, 2018 Budget included $300,000 for “General Security Provider,” That’s TCF, the off duty police officers who patrol in Soulard, Downtown, elsewhere in vehicles marker “Police.”. The Budget also provided $10,000 for “Recognition – TCF Officers.”

There’s $6,000 budgeted for “Business Management,” so there’s no reason meeting Agendas should not be posted online in accordance with law.

UPDATED: Sunshine Request For Soulard CID Tax Election Results

Updated January 13, 2020 with January 10, 2020 response from David G. Richardson, Husch Blackwell, attorney for Soulard Community Improvement District. The records will be turned over by January 17th. You would think that part of the records could be turned over immediately. Hard to believe the election authority- Husch Blackwell- does not have a file folder with a letter to Soulard CID Board with number of  votes cast, number of Yes votes, number of No votes, that could be forwarded as partial  comply with Sunshine request.


Imagine if your city had a website that failed to provide contact information- no physical address, no phone number, and the email link was dead, but if you clicked on and read every page, eventually you’d find the email address buried on another page.

Imagine if your city held a tax election where the ballots were mailed and counted by a law firm, not conducted by your Election Board or elected County Clerk or Election Director, and the election results were not posted online except percentage of Yes and No votes.

That’s the situation with Soulard Community Improvement District. It is, under State law, a taxing district, a political subdivision, a governmental unit. It is bigger than many cities in Missouri. And it has a transparency problem, which would come as no surprise to the Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

Soulard CID held a mail in sales tax election conducted by its legal counsel- Husch Blackwell.


It has failed to publish election results even remotely resembling that what would happen in an election conducted by Board of Election.


To get the election results, I have made a Sunshine request today.


I’ll let you know the response. I plan on writing more on this faux election later.

— Marie Ceselski, former 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman